Preparing For A Sleep Study

UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital provides the latest advancements in diagnostics and treatment for children with common sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, insomnia and restless legs syndrome. Trained specialists at the Pediatric Sleep Center offer comprehensive, overnight sleep studies for children of all ages. These studies can be a fun “sleepover” experience for a child when the parent prepares ahead of time.

Preparing the Child

The primary goal of the Pediatric Sleep Center’s sleep study is to evaluate the child’s sleep and breathing in a comfortable and safe setting. Most children have numerous questions and a variety of feelings about what to expect with the sleep study. That is why it is important to talk openly with the child before the day of the sleep study.

Parents should explain to the child that they will go to the “sleepover” together at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital or a nearby hotel for older children. Share information about the study in ways that the child will understand. Parents can also help to make the experience better by doing the following:

  • Planning together
  • Packing suitcases together
  • Bringing the child’s favorite comfort items
  • Continuing the usual bedtime routines at the sleep study

Planning for the Sleep Center

Parents should pack everything the child might need during the 20 hours at the sleep center. Items to remember include:

  • Two-piece pajamas, diapers and change of clothing for the morning
  • Toiletries
  • Special pillows or blankets
  • Stuffed animals or books
  • Medications, formula, bottles or food items that the child may need
  • Other medical equipment used by the child, including suction equipment, portable ventilator or feeding equipment
  • Activities to keep the child busy during the day like books, toys, homework, electronics or games.

If the child’s sleep study is conducted at the hospital, there is a cafeteria on the first floor. If the child’s test is at the hotel facility, please plan ahead and pack meals for the day.

It is important not to start any new medications before the sleep study. Some medications can interfere with testing. Parents should contact their child’s physician with any questions about their child’s medications.

Knowing what will happen during the sleep study will further prepare both parent and child and contribute to a successful experience.

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